The task of running Evanovich Inc. grew so rapidly that last year the family decided they needed an office space away from their hilltop home, where the four members of the the family live at least part of the time.
Ms Evanovich’s son Peter, 35, who manages finances, oversaw the purchase of a $ 480,000 ranch-style home in Hanover near the Dartmouth campus for office space. Other recent family acquisitions include a $ 6.2 million waterfront estate in Naples, Florida, and twin $ 1.6 million condominiums in Boston – one for mom, one for daughter. – overlooking Boston Common.
Ms. Evanovich’s 40-year-old husband, the elder Peter, is applying her doctorate. in mathematics to the study of its contracts and sales and distribution information generated by publishers and bookstores.
“I feel like I would never have been successful and would never have been published without my family,” Ms. Evanovich said. Over the years, collecting rejection slips, and even as she started making a few thousand dollars a pound for her early romances, “they never said,” Why don’t we go on vacation like the other families? just said to me, ‘You take your time and write.’
The fans clearly love him. According to Nielsen BookScan, they bought nearly 300,000 copies of “Ten Big Ones” and 175,000 copies of “Metro Girl” from traditional bookstores. Ms Evanovich’s editors say the numbers are much higher, perhaps twice as much, as a large chunk of her fans buy their books from Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and other stores that are not counted by BookScan . Clearly, its sales are significant, although they are still well below the levels achieved by Nora Roberts, Mr. Patterson and John Grisham.
Critics have sometimes been less than enthusiastic. Writing in The New York Times, Janet Maslin said Ms. Evanovich’s works were “the mystery-novel equivalent of comfort food.” And more than once his writing has been called a formula.
Ms. Evanovich does not deny it; she just wonders what is wrong.
“I’m a writer, but it’s a business,” she said. “You have to see it as you would any business. You have to be honest with the product. You have to meet the expectations of consumers. You give them value for their money and give them a product they need. I don’t see anything wrong with all of these things. And I don’t think it’s a bad thing to meet consumer expectations. “